Mar 24, 2015

Indonesia to withdraw local language plan for foreign workers

Indonesia will withdraw a plan that would force foreign workers to take local language proficiency exams after protests from investors, two government officials said. Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri earlier this month told reporters the government would require existing and prospective foreigners to pass ...

Mar 14, 2015

Examples of linguistic gap between South, North Korea

AP — After 70 years of separation, people in North and South Korea speak in increasingly different ways. South Koreans have incorporated many English words and phrases into their language while isolated communist North Korea has eliminated words with foreign origins and created homegrown ...

Amid split, two Koreas face widening linguistic gap

Mar 14, 2015

Amid split, two Koreas face widening linguistic gap

On one side of the line that has divided two societies for so long, the words arrive as fast as globalization can bring them — English-based lingo like “shampoo,” “juice” and “self-service.” To South Koreans, they are everyday language. To defectors from the insular ...

Mar 6, 2015

North Europeans migrated from steppe: DNA

A wave of migrants from the eastern fringes of Europe some 4,500 years ago left their trace in the DNA — and possibly the languages — of modern Europeans, according to a new study. Scientists discovered evidence of this Stone Age migration by analyzing ...

Feb 26, 2015

Austria passes new law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Austria’s parliament passed a bill Wednesday amending laws on Muslim organizations. It bans foreign sources of financing and requires imams to be able to speak German. The text aims to promote what conservative Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz calls an “Islam of European character” by ...

'Spewing out buffaloes' in Ugandan English

Feb 12, 2015

'Spewing out buffaloes' in Ugandan English

A “de-toother” or a “dentist” is a gold-digger looking for a wealthy partner. “Spewing out buffaloes” means you can’t speak proper English. And a “side dish” isn’t served by a waiter. Those and other terms are part of Uganda’s often funny locally adapted English, ...

Jan 28, 2015

Tajik TV airs films in English as learning aid

Tom Cruise’s Tajik and Russian are on the way out in Tajikistan, where state television has made English — without subtitles — the preferred lingo to boost opportunity in the impoverished former Soviet state. Viewers can now watch Hollywood films in the original language, ...